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Star volunteers honoured with awards


Congratulations are due to three Father Hudson’s volunteers who were honoured at the first ever Coleshill Star Awards ceremony.

On Friday 7th October, Coleshill Town Hall rolled out the red carpet for the awards, which celebrate the very best of the townspeople who volunteer their time to make their local community a better place.

Father Hudson’s Old Boy and dedicated volunteer Jimmy Spencer was awarded third place in the Leader Award and first place in the Carer Award. Jimmy said, “I never expected it. I heard them say my name and thought, ‘is that me?’”

The Carer Award recognises Jimmy’s help in giving support to people in need. For more than twelve years, Jimmy has organised and motivated people to get behind Father Hudson’s Annual Fundraising Ball by donating prizes and buying tickets. He runs the tombola on the night, with 2016’s being one of the biggest fundraisers in the charity’s history. Jimmy also runs errands around the town, publicising events such as the Father Hudson’s fete and helping the Church – both Sacred Heart & St Teresa in Coleshill and St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham.

/media/news/library/imag0723-resized-for-web.jpgFirst place in the Charitable Effort Award went to Jackie Treadwell and Sally Gisborne who also get involved with the annual Ball by collecting items for the tombola and running the tombola on the night. Sally and Jacqueline also volunteer for numerous other charities, including Mary Ann Evans Hospice. The Charitable Effort Award celebrates volunteers who show the most effort in their charitable field. The duo also won third place in the overall Coleshill Star Award.

The event, compered by local journalist Sally Jones and well known volunteer Simon Toon, featured catering by local businesses, flowers by Penny Johnson and music from the Birmingham Conservatoire String Trio. Coleshill Town Mayor, Cllr Sue Wallace, presented grant cheques to community groups and met with the award winners and guests.

More photos from the night can be found on Coleshill Town Council’s website

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